2 MW PV plant installed in Bulgaria; country could hit 4 GW capacity by 2020

Besides amorphous silicon modules the Sofia based company has also installed six central Sputnik Engineering inverters of the type SolarMax 330C-SV. The devices reportedly each have a rated output of 330 kilowatts and achieve a maximum efficiency of 98 percent.

Based on the present Bulgarian feed-in tariff rate for power, the plant operator will be paid 37.2-euro cents for every kilowatt-hour produced.

Rapid growth

Because of the good irradiation conditions and the attractive price, head of Sunservice, Rumen Christov, said he expects to see “rapid growth” in the Bulgarian solar market.

"At present, in Bulgaria, less than 10 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity is installed,” he said. "This year, new plants with an overall capacity of 10 to 50 megawatts will be built. By 2015, in Bulgaria, plants will be producing a total output of 500 to 1,000 megawatts of solar power. By 2020 this figure will rise to 2.5 to 4 gigawatts.”

Sputnik’s head of sales and marketing, Daniel Freudiger, is looking forward to more projects in this Balkan country: “Bulgaria is a very important growth market for us. We have already signed several excellent partnerships and will continuously expand our network."

This past March, for example, in eastern Bulgaria the Swiss inverter manufacturer commissioned the country’s largest solar plant with an overall capacity of 2.4 MW fitted with SolarMax central inverters.